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Prescription drug drop-off boxes now in Blair Co.
By: Marc Stempka
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. -- Residents in Blair County who are looking to get rid of expired or unused prescription medications now have three new places to safely dispose of their meds.
Blair County leaders announced Thursday morning at the Hollidaysburg borough council chambers where the three new drop-off boxes will be located.
The boxes will be at the Hollidaysburg, Altoona and Tyrone police department offices.
The Blair County District Attorney's Office was able to provide the boxes through a state grant.
Officials said getting the boxes into the communities was a collaborative effort. First Assistant District Attorney Jackie Bernard said the Blair County Drug and Alcohol Partnership, Value Drug, the DA's office and the pharmacy roundtable of Operation Our Town were members of the team that made the boxes possible.
"Operation Our Town has a pharmacy roundtable in the area, and many of the professionals on that roundtable identified this as something that their customers were asking about," Bernard said.
All collected medications will be destroyed through coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
"What'll happen is, these are then burned and they're incinerated so it's disposed of in an environmentally-friendly way," said Judy Rosser, of the Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnership.
In May, 6 News anchor Jen Johnson got a behind-the-scenes look at prescription drug drop-off boxes, and talked to law enforcement officials about why the boxes have the highest success rate with combating prescription drug abuse and trade.